The goal of the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) is to provide a framework for accountability, local action, and public engagement in order to advance the health of Maryland residents. The SHIP measures for improvement are aligned with the Healthy People (HP) 2020 objectives established by the Department of Health and Human Services. State and county level data on critical health measures is also provided through the SHIP.
Through the use of statewide and local level data, the SHIP has encouraged the development of Local Health Improvement Coalitions. These are each led by local health officers and provide a forum for county health departments, nonprofit hospitals, and community based organizations to analyze and prioritize community health needs. The health concerns of local jurisdictions are addressed by the extensive list of tools and resources available to the general public, health planners, and clinicians. In order to disseminate the most important and devastating characteristics of the health of Marylanders overall, the SHIP publishes a weekly e-newsletter and posts public health news on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.